Scroll down to see all our available trainings and workshops. If you have questions regarding the posted trainings and workshops contact Paul Bonnici at 919.962.1544 or bonnici@unc.edu.

**Teachers are welcome to apply for multiple Carolina K-12 offerings this summer, and past participation or participation in other summer Carolina K-12 events will not hinder acceptance.**

Every day, local government touches the lives of North Carolinians and provides the services essential for functional communities, growing businesses, and healthy families.  It is local government that supplies water to our faucets, collects our trash, moves traffic through our downtowns, and cuts the grass in our parks and ball fields.  It is also local government that delivers care and counseling to those facing difficult times and responds with qualified personnel to life’s emergencies.

Participants in this seminar will learn first-hand the role of local government in North Carolina and then explore pedagogical strategies for teaching young people about how local government in North Carolina works.  Highlights of the Seminar will include: meeting with elected and appointed local government officials, “behind-the-scenes” field trips of various county and city departments, and MUCH MORE!!

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Lesson plans aligned to the NC Essential Standards
  • 1.5 renewal credits
  • A FREE, single occupancy hotel room for the evening of 7/24 (for participants residing more than 100 round-trip miles from the training location)
  • Meals – lunch on 7/24 & 7/25; snacks throughout
  • One-on-one access to various elected and appointed officials and city and county staff.
  • “Special Access” field trips to various sites around the Town of Chapel Hill and Orange County. Sites may include Orange County Water and Sewer Treatment Plant, Orange County Landfill, Chapel Hill Transit, and more!

Funding for this event is generously provided by the North Carolina City and County Management Association

Click here to download the 2017 Local Government Seminar Application


Special Offer for Current K-12 Teachers: Thanks to a generous supporter, Carolina Public Humanities & Carolina K-12 are pleased to offer complimentary registration to 15 teachers to attend the “Remembering North Carolina’s Great Writers: The NC Literary Hall of Fame” lecture at Flyleaf Books on June 28 from 5:30-7:00pm. To claim one of the complimentary spots, please complete the form below. Confirmations will be sent via email within 5 business days of submitting this form. **Please note: This offer is only open to current K-12 teachers.**

To apply for complimentary registration, complete this Google Form.


The 2017 William Friday Teachers Retreat

Carolina Voices:  Exploring the Diverse History & Heritage of the Tar Heel State

Designed to equally educate and appreciate our state’s incredible teachers

 Sunday, July 16 – Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library

                 Generously sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society

**THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Paul Bonnici at bonnici@unc.edu if you have any questions.**

North Carolina history represents a tapestry of diverse and distinctive people & events, replete with rich heritage and resilient individuals who fought for a better way of life, showing courage and conviction, often in the face of extreme adversity. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina K-12, in partnership with Wilson Library’s North Carolina Collection, invite K-12 teachers to join us this summer on the beautiful campus of UNC-Chapel Hill to explore these themes and related state and national history at the second annual 2017 William Friday Teacher Retreat, “Carolina Voices: Exploring the Diverse History & Heritage of the Tar Heel State.” From learning about the ways enslaved people resisted oppression and sought freedom throughout the state, to exploring the dramatic history of textile mills and labor strikes in rural North Carolina towns, to learning how the state’s unique dialects tell the story of our varied histories, teachers will enjoy a snapshot of some of North Carolina’s most captivating events and people.

This dynamic two and a half day event will integrate:

  • Presentations on various compelling topics from North Carolina and American history from engaging scholars and authors
  • Primary sources and online resources from UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries, such as Wilson Library’s North Carolina Collection and the Southern Oral History Program
  • Pedagogical exploration of coordinating lesson plans and teaching strategies so that teachers will begin the 2017-2018 school year with a multitude of ready-to-implement teaching resources and ideas
  • Constant appreciation for and affirmation of our state’s hard working teachers

Our festivities will begin on Sunday afternoon (July 16) with Talkin’ Tar Heel co-author Walt Wolfram, who will kick off our exploration of North Carolina history by discussing how language & dialect provide a window into NC’s rich & diverse cultural & historical heritage. (Attendees will receive a copy of the book to be signed and an accompanying curriculum.) Teachers will then attend a performance by acclaimed gospel singer Mary D. Williams, who will take us through an aural African American history tour, as she presents songs from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement and present day. (Teachers will also receive a free copy of Williams’s CD, “Blood Done Sign My Name.”) We will end our first afternoon together with a Teacher Appreciation Dinner at the historic Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, reveling in our new knowledge and new friends from around the state. And these treats are only the beginning!

Generously sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society, teachers traveling more than 90 miles round-trip will also be treated to accommodations at the iconic Carolina Inn, located right on the Carolina campus in beautiful downtown Chapel Hill.

Activities will take place throughout:

  • Sunday, July 16: 2 PM – 8:30 PM (Includes reception, special performance by Mary D. Williams & dinner)
  • Monday, July 17: 9 AM – 6:15 PM (includes breakfast, lunch & evening reception)
  • Tuesday, July 18: 9 AM – 4:00 (includes breakfast & lunch)

An event provided by the North Caroliniana Society to educate and equally appreciate our state’s hard working educators, teachers do not want to miss this unique deep dive into the history of the Tar Heel State! To apply for participation, fill out the application following.

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE

  • 2.0 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts, university scholars, and authors; lesson plans, teaching ideas, and resources from Carolina K-12 and Wilson Library.
  • Classroom resources, such as signed copies of the books Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina and the CD Blood Done Sign My Name. There will be chances to win additional resources and prizes as well!
  • A Teacher Appreciation Dinner at the renowned Carolina Inn on Sunday, July 16
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks on July 17-18
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for Sunday and Monday nights for teachers traveling more than 90 miles roundtrip. Accommodations will be at the historic Carolina Inn, located on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
    • If you do not meet the mileage requirements but have special circumstances for which you would like to request a room, you can inquire by contacting Paul Bonnici at bonnici@unc.edu.

Funding for this event is generously provided by the North Caroliniana Society.

Priority registration will be given to educators who cover North Carolina history in their curriculum.Teachers are welcome to apply for multiple Carolina K-12 offerings this summer, and past participation or participation in other summer Carolina K-12 events will not hinder acceptance.

Click here to download the Carolina Voices Application



 Hidden Histories: North Carolina and World War I Teaching Scholars

August 10-11, 2017 | North Carolina Museum of History – Raleigh, NC

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING SELECTION ON JULY 15, 2017.

November 11, 1918. At 11:00 a.m. sharp, the bells of all the churches in France began to ring in celebration: World War I was finally over. This “short” conflict—as it was predicted by the military—had dragged on for 52 months, inflicting unprecedented suffering on the people in each country involved. With the centennial of the US entry into World War I upon us, the First World War remains one of the most prominent conflicts in modern history.  Its wide-ranging consequences would dramatically alter the world’s demographic, political, economic, social, and cultural direction well into the 21st century. But how does a teacher manage to cover the vast content of a global war within the confines of limited teaching time and students who may not see the relevance? Middle and high school teachers are invited to address such challenges while delving into an intensive exploration of World War I history, by applying to be a World War I K-12 Teaching Scholar.

Hosted by Carolina K-12, the NC Museum of History, and NCSU’s College of Education, teachers selected as Teaching Scholars will attend two days of professional development on August 10-11, 2017 that will dynamically integrate:

  • Lectures from university scholars & historians– As part of the agenda, Teaching Scholars will expand their content knowledge in discussions and presentations from various experts in the field of World War I history. From learning about the causes and effects of this extensive conflict, to exploring the experiences of African Americans and women during World War I, Teacher Scholars will improve their own understanding about World War I in general, with a focus on “hidden” and less covered narratives and topics.
  • Interaction with the NC History Museum’s “North Carolina & World War I” exhibit – This interactive multimedia exhibit will commemorate the centennial of US entry into World War I and focus on North Carolina’s role in the War on the western front in France and Belgium. Participants will experience a re-created trench warfare environment to discover what life was like for Tar Heel soldiers, as well as over 500 artifacts, video re-enactments, and more. Teacher Scholars will also have the opportunity to think critically about the choices exhibit creators make when featuring particular narratives over others.
  • Exploration of quality primary sources – Digital libraries have made it far easier for teachers and students to access archival resources. Nonetheless it is often difficult to wade through the vast array of resources available online. Teachers in this program will explore and identify high quality digital history resources from the Library of Congress collection to integrate into teaching and learning activities. Teachers will develop skills for locating and identifying materials in the Library collection as well as learn how to properly scaffold student inquiry with these resources.  In addition to exploring digital collections made available by the Library of Congress, we will also explore digital collections with resources connected to North Carolina history including the North Carolina State Archives and the Documenting the American South collection.
  • Pedagogical exploration and curriculum creation – Teachers will have time to explore how students learn history in general, and how to use various interactive strategies and primary sources to engage students in social studies, with a focus on building skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement. Teaching Scholars will work in a team with a Curriculum Specialist to brainstorm lesson plan ideas on World War I and after returning home, will create one teaching activity based on a topic of their own interest and classroom needs. While some time for initial collaboration will be provided at the live event, Teaching Scholars also have the option for collaboration via an online platform post-event. Upon completion of the lesson (final drafts must be submitted by September 1), teachers will receive a $250 stipend. Final lessons will be posted online and shared with all teachers in attendance, resulting in a wealth of teacher-created, practical, and ready-to-implement World War I resources.

Educators who are selected as World War I Teaching Scholars will receive:

  • A $250 stipend (upon the completion of 1 lesson plan by Sept. 1, 2017)
  • 2.0 CEUs (includes time spent on researching and writing lesson plan)
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for Thurs., Aug. 10 for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. Additionally, participants residing more than 300 round trip miles from the NC Museum of History can request a single-occupancy room for Wednesday evening as well.
    • If you do not meet the mileage requirements but have special circumstances for which you would like to request a room, you can inquire by contacting Paul Bonnici at bonnici@unc.edu.
  • Meals and snacks

Please note that applicants must be able to attend all hours of the August 10-11, 2017 event in order to be selected as a Teaching Scholar. Applications are due by June 16, 2017 and will be reviewed by a committee of UNC, NCSU, and Museum faculty and staff; those selected as World War I Teaching Scholars will be notified by July 15, 2017. Any teacher who covers World War I in their curriculum can apply. Teachers are welcome to apply for multiple Carolina K-12 offerings this summer, and past participation or participation in other summer Carolina K-12 events, will not hinder acceptance.

Funding for this event is generously provided by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING SELECTION ON JULY 15, 2017.


American South Teaching Fellows: Understanding the American South Teacher Summit

August 13-15, 2017 | UNC-Chapel Hill

“In the South, the past is never dead. It is not even past.” William Faulkner

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING ACCEPTANCE BY JULY 10, 2017.

What does it mean to be from, live in, and/or teach about the American South today? The region is a geographical entity, an expanse of complicated history, a place in the imagination, and the homeland of diverse and distinct people and cultures calling themselves “Southerners.” While the American South is often shrouded in romance and myth, its historical and modern day realities are just as intriguing and as complex. K-12 teachers are invited to deepen their understanding of the American South, while exploring best practices and creative strategies for effectively teaching the rich history and diverse cultures of the region in the K-12 classroom, by applying to be an American South Teaching Fellow. Offered by the Center for the Study of the American South, Morehead Planetarium, and the UNC School of Education, in collaboration with Carolina K-12, this unique opportunity is available to any K-12 teacher of any subject area who teaches about the American South in their curriculum.

American South Teaching Fellows will receive:

  •  3.0 CEUs
  • Single-occupancy hotel accommodations on August 13 & 14 (for teachers residing over 90 round-trip miles to/from UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • An $800 stipend (upon completion of teaching materials; requirements and a template will be provided at the Summit)
  • Presentations from and interactions with top Carolina scholars specializing in Southern history, literature, culture, folklore, and more
  • Special access to UNC-Chapel Hill’s vast archival materials, including the Southern Historical Collection, the North Carolina Collection, the Southern Folk Life Collection, and the Southern Oral History Program, with the purpose of exploring how these materials can help bring Southern history alive in the classroom.
  • Time for pedagogical exploration and curriculum creation to ensure topics can be easily translated back to the K-12 classroom
  • Meals, snacks and general comradery from other great teachers around the state!
  • A copy of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, which Fellows can get signed by the Summit organizer and presenting scholar Bill Ferris!
  • VIP tickets for Fellows and their special guests to the 2018 premiere of “The American South,” a full-dome film currently under production by the Center for the Study of the American South and Morehead Planetarium

Program Details:

Twenty teachers (from various school districts around the state, from various grade levels, and from various disciplines) will be selected as Fellows and will attend the Understanding the American South Teacher Summit on August 13-15, 2017 on the beautiful campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. The compelling agenda will take teachers on a one of a kind exploration of the many histories, cultures, and contemporary issues facing the American South, all led by some of the most renowned scholars of Southern history, literature, culture, folklore, and more.  Integrated throughout these deep dives into content, teachers will also be exposed to the wealth of primary resources and online artifacts available through UNC-Chapel Hill, including the Southern Historical Collection, the North Carolina Collection, the Southern Folk Life Collection, and the Southern Oral History Program, all with the focus of how to utilize such materials to bring Southern history alive in the classroom.

As Fellows, teachers will then merge this information with their own classroom expertise to create teaching materials for K-12 classrooms; upon submittal of final materials, each American South Teaching Fellow will receive an $800 stipend for their work.  

This Fellowship is ultimately designed to coordinate with an exciting new film currently under development by Morehead Planetarium and the Center for the Study of the American South. The film, “The American South,” will be designed as a full-dome production to be shown at the Planetarium, scheduled for release in 2018. From traveling down the Mississippi River on a steamboat, to finding oneself in the middle of a Civil War battle, to riding shotgun inside a NASCAR racecar as it screams around the track, viewers will experience southern geography, landscapes, history, culture, music, and more in a highly visual and auditory way. The teaching materials created by Fellows will be finalized and posted on an accompanying website launched in coordination with the film, with the entire package serving to provide educators around the state and nation numerous engaging ways to teach about the American South. Fellows and their families will be invited back to UNC-Chapel Hill to attend the opening of the film.

Applications are due by June 15, 2017.

  • Applications will be reviewed by a team of faculty and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill and teachers selected as Fellows will be notified by July 10, 2017.
  • Fellows will be selected based on the written responses provided in the application, with additional consideration given to ensuring diverse geographical locations, grade levels, and subject taught among selected participants. Writing experience, particularly written creation of lesson plans and activities for classroom use, is preferred but not required.

Teaching materials (i.e., a three-lesson “mini-unit”) are due on Sept. 25. Upon review of the materials, teachers will have up to three additional weeks for suggested edits and revisions. Upon the finalization of teaching materials (by October 16, 2017), teachers will receive an $800 stipend.

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED REGARDING ACCEPTANCE BY JULY 10, 2017.

This program is generously funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.


Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows in Civil Rights

June 19-21, 2017 and July 26, 2017 |UNC-Chapel Hill

Applications have closed. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance on or before May 26, 2017.

Oral history interviews provide tangible access to the past, with narrators offering first-hand descriptions in their own voices of historical events, ideas, and mindsets. Bringing K-12 students into close contact with these unique auditory sources can give them a very real sense of what it was like in years past, leading to personal connections, the development of critical thinking skills, and an interest in history that is sometimes missing in middle and high school youth. With this in mind, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), in collaboration with Carolina K-12, is excited to announce and solicit applications for its Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows. This unique program will provide fifteen middle and high school teachers from around the state with an intensive exploration of how to utilize oral histories in the K-12 classroom in effective, meaningful, and creative ways.  This year’s focus will be on oral histories from the Civil Rights Movement.

 While this program is designed with the middle and high school social studies teacher in mind, teachers in other disciplines (such as English/Language Arts teachers) with a demonstrated interest in integrating civil rights instruction and oral histories into their course are also eligible.

The Oral History Teaching Fellows program will kick off with a three-day seminar at UNC-Chapel Hill on June 19-21, 2017. The dynamic agenda will integrate:

  • content presentations on the Civil Rights Movement from university scholars
  • exploration of various concepts, strategies and resources for effectively utilizing oral histories in the middle and high school classroom
  • an introduction to the SOHP collection, which includes hundreds of full-length interviews with Civil Rights activists—famous and unknown—from across the South
  • training on how to utilize and edit oral history excerpts from the SOHP collection that fit particular classroom objectives
  • an overview of ready-to-implement classroom resources, such as Carolina K-12’s lesson plans and Mapping Voices of North Carolina’s Past, a digital map of the state embedded with oral history clips about desegregating schools across North Carolina.
  • discussion regarding how diverse voices from the past can reshape the way we understand and teach about civil rights today

Each Fellow will then return home to complete independent research in the SOHP collections (all transcripts and audio files are available online) with the goal of creating playlists of short clips from various civil rights interviews which will be particularly useful to classroom teachers.  Fellows will then write one creative lesson plan that utilizes their selected oral history clips.

The project will culminate when the Fellows return to UNC-Chapel Hill for a closing workshop on July 26, 2017, where they will present their work to one another, collaborating to improve and finalize their lessons and ultimately, leaving with at least 15 new activities to utilize in their classrooms. Final lessons will be hosted on the SOHP and Carolina K-12 websites.

Educators who are chosen as a UNC Oral History Teaching Fellow will receive:

  • A $550 stipend (after the completion of the lesson plan, based upon your curated oral history clips)
  • 4.0 CEUs
  • Hotel accommodations (single occupancy) for the June 19-21 and July 26 events (for teachers residing over 90 round-trip miles from Chapel Hill)
  • Meals and snacks
  • A unique mix of engagement with scholars, interactive pedagogical exploration, and collaboration with colleagues that will provide inspiration and rejuvenation for teaching itself

Please note that applicants must be able to attend all hours of both the June 19-21, 2017 and the July 26, 2017 events in order to be selected as a Fellow.

Teaching history is too often an exercise in rote memorization.  This dynamic fellowship will provide a chance for teachers to learn and collaborate on creating and implementing creative strategies to engage students in critical thinking while tying past civil rights events to contemporary issues. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for middle and high school teachers – apply today!

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Applicants will be selected by a committee comprised of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff, and will be notified by May 26, 2017 of their acceptance. Any teacher who covers civil rights in their curriculum can apply. Teachers are welcome to apply for multiple Carolina K-12 offerings this summer, and past participation or participation in other summer Carolina K-12 events, will not hinder acceptance.

The Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows program is a collaboration between the Southern Oral History Program and Carolina K-12. Funding for this program is provided by the Southern Oral History Program, the North Caroliniana Society, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Graduate School’s Bland Fellowship.

Cancellation for Carolina K-12 Trainings

Carolina K-12 is dedicated to assisting teachers by providing free trainings, materials, participant meals, etc. Carolina K-12 does not require a deposit or fee to attend our trainings; therefore, we ask that registered participants needing to cancel do so at least one week prior to the training date. Please understand that participants who do not cancel their spot in a timely fashion prevent teachers on the waiting list from participating.


Attend the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ General Seminars at a Discount & Receive a $75 Stipend Post-Attendance!

In addition to the free teacher trainings offered by Carolina K-12, educators can also register to attend the numerous seminars offered by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values (the Program.) While these lectures are designed for a general audience and will not include pedagogical training, they are an excellent way for teachers to broaden their content knowledge in various subjects as life-long-learners.

Scholarships covering 50% of the tuition are available for all Adventures in Ideas seminars for currently employed full-time teachers, librarians, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools and community colleges. These teacher scholarships for general seminars are made possible by generous donors to the Humanities Program. Check out the listing of general programs offered by the Program in the Humanities & Human Values here.

If you see a general program you would like to attend, take the following steps to apply for the 50% discount:

  • If filling out the paper registration form, complete and sign the “Attention Teachers” portion of the form and enclose payment (the full tuition less the 50% discount.) Optional meals are also served for a fee; should you choose to participate in the optional meal, you’ll add that amount to your discounted tuition amount.  If registering online, please follow the instructions listed on our registration page.
  • Funding restrictions do not allow us to award scholarships to substitute or retired teachers. The Program’s “first time participant’s discount” or a “three or more discount” may not be combined with a teacher scholarship.
  • Should you need to cancel your participation, $30 is non-refundable. Reservations for optional meals may be cancelled up to noon two business days before a seminar.
  • Applications without a signature or payment cannot be processed and will be returned.
  • Please note that scholarships are not needed for any event hosted by Carolina K-12, which are free of charge to teachers. Scholarships are only needed for the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ general programs.

Teachers who attend the Humanities Program’s Adventures in Ideas seminars can apply for a $75 stipend via the Daisy Edmister Fund!

Visit the Daisy Edmister Fund site for more information. 

NEW: Scholarships for Teachers at Raleigh Charter High School

Thanks to a generous gift from Novie Beth Ragan Gad, whose children are graduates of Raleigh Charter, both full and part-time teachers at Raleigh Charter High School are eligible to receive a scholarship to any Humanities Program seminar. Funds will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the seminar. For information, please call 919.962.1544.

Custom Trainings

Carolina K-12 also offers customized trainings for individual schools, school districts, and extra-curricular programs (i.e., 4-H, Youth Councils, etc.) We can also organize a professional development retreat for your group at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Costs vary. To learn more about our customization options, as well as our trainings for after school and youth leadership programs, please contact Christie Hinson Norris at 919.843.9387  or cnorris@unc.edu.

Professional Development Spotlight

From Segregation to Civil Rights: A Journey through North Carolina’s History

On January 14th, 2008, the then-NC Civic Education Consortium hosted a training for North Carolina history educators on teaching about our state’s diverse past.

  • Check out this video for an inside look at our teacher workshops!
  • To access the curriculum from this workshop, click here.